Posted 04 January 2008 - 05:23 PM
Just to add a few (or many...) thoughts/suggestions:
Firsty, I want to stress that all aspects of the Nerfing hobby should be included, to one extent or another. This includes (although is not limited to...I may have forgotten something): Warring, Modding, Painting, Dartsmithing, and making Homemades (er...Homemaking?)
I think the article should focus on modifications. Homemades are great -- and can be some of the awe-inspiring examples of the hobby -- but modification is one of the most central aspects of Nerfing, second only to warring itself. By all means, homemades should be included; however, they should only consist of a fraction of the article.
Also, while everyone has been pointing out Boltsniper and CaptainSlug's marvels, we should not forget Carbon's SNAP series. In fact, if everyone decides to stress the homemade aspect, a tutorial of how to make the SNAP-1 would be a great addition; meanwhile, photos of Boltsniper and CS's work would be good to include.
The modification section of the article can explain the goals of modifying Nerf blasters (off the top of my head: longer range, greater rate of fire, and/or reliability) as well as basic techniques for achieving those goals (barrel replacement, AR removal, etc). Along the way, terms could be explained (such as what the heck an AR is). Also, a list of general modding materials might be good (the different barrel materials, dremel tool, PVC/CPVC pipe, etc).
As far as what modification tutorial to include, I would go with something that is readily available on the market today. Unfortunately, that excludes some of the best blasters (especially the Crossbow), but we want to give the idea that Nerf is something that is relatively easy to get into. An NF mod is perhaps ideal, although an LS or AT2k (many Kohl's stores still stock them) would be good, too.
Of course, pictures of more complicated mods and harder-to-find blasters, would be good...I'm particularly thinking about JAWS, and the Eyes of Fire. A DirectThreat paintjob would be a cool inclusion.
As far as warring goes, we could explain some of the rules, and even precautions against injury (eye protection, most especially). A few photos from wars would be nice. We may even want to add a little about the NIC. The differences between NH and NHQ (being the two main Nerf forums) can be pointed out. The many benefits of joining a forum can be stated: finding out about wars near you, the many people who are willing to provide help with your troubles, and the trading forum, for finding older blasters.
Finally, Like someone else said, a Stefan-making tutorial would be good to include. At the very least, a photo or two of a stefan should be included.
-Jwasko, STILL Sole Surviving member of Steel City Nerf and Sober Sister of the Sex Dwarves
We NERF ON all day, and FUCK OFF all night